These arches at Bethesda Fountain in Central Park truly are a photographer’s dream: the light, the contrast, the symmetry, and the people all contribute to make great pictures. I was very pleased with the colour rendering of one of these (Walking the Dog in Style) but also found it really worked in black and white.
*Shadows of Brooklyn*
I got in early to catch the southern tip of Manhattan in the sunrise. There was a moment just as the sun was emerging above Brooklyn when the shadows of the skyscapers there projected onto the Manhattan skyline. This is what I captured here. I decided to give it a black and white treatment to emphasize these shadows.
Fuji TX2 + Fuji Pro400H
In the heart of Old Macau lies Mandarin House, an old Chinese merchant’s home. It’s wonderfully evocative and, unlike what you find in Hong Kong is a piece of actual Chinese history. Round doors, magnificent woodpanelled rooms, it’s a tiny labyrinth. That is, of course, when the battery on my x100f decided to say bye-bye so I switched to film, obviously less versatile in low light, but still good for exterior shots.
Despite over 100 years of British presence, Hong Kong has very little architecturally that points to Britain. Old Macau on the other hand is an absolute blend of Chinese and Portuguese. Some streets look so Portuguese it’s astounding, especially when the sun is shining like in Lisbon.
Pier 7 on Embarcadero is an old fashioned wooden pier lined with metal benches and lamplights. At night it’s nearly empty and offers a very cool symmetrical perspective which I was quick to take advantage of. I wanted a low vantage point, which was tricky because my handmade beanbag (ziplock + dried chickpeas) was confiscated last time I went to New Zealand. So this was precariously balanced on my photo bag…
*Loitering in Chinatown*
San Francisco’s Chinatown is a fascinating cultural blend that I never appreciated so much as I do now that I’ve lived in China. I pick references and spot things that I never paid attention to before. The veiled sunlight due to the California fires added a subdued atmosphere to the place, and this shot reminded me of Shanghai, but with more space around.
*Central Park in Blue and Gold*
I got up brutally early that morning in NYC (jetlag sometimes helps) and made my way to Central Park before sunrise. I had targeted the reservoir, had the tripod ready and was trying to warm my hands while waiting for (hopefully) glorious golden light. I didn’t get it. Since the skyline on the eastern side of the reservoir isn’t all that exciting, I wasn’t happy with the test shots I was getting until I spotted this tree overlooking the reservoir. It allowed me to frame the skyline and add foreground interest just as the sun was rising amidst the clouds.
*In the Shadow of the Bridge*
I knew that you could walk the Brooklyn Bridge but had never had a chance to do it. What’s really cool is that you’re above the cars and on a purely pedestrian plane. What’s even cooler is doing it on a glorious early morning, with the dawn light hitting the Manhattan side at a low angle. At one point, I turned back, and wow!
*The Best Commute*
As I was walking the Brooklyn Bridge that morning taking photos in the glorious dawn light, I was overtaken by this guy, clearly on his way to work. And I thought, « isn’t that just the best route ever to go to work ? »
*Walking the Dog in Style*
The building next to Bethesda Fountain in Central Park has these wonderful colonnades that frame the stairs up perfectly for backlit silhouettes. I took many of those, but this one is the most interesting with the dog gallivanting on the stairs.